Four distinct peace levels:
Personal Peace: The first and fundamental level of peace.
Communal Peace: The human-to-human level of peace.
Environmental Peace: The human-earth level of peace.
Inter-Peace Zones: The space in between all levels of peace.
Peace is not always a given in the life of ordinary people. We face these daily anxieties, and do not need additional strife. In each age, cultures and peoples face period’s void of communal peace. Civilization swings between dark ages and ages of enlightenment. When the focus is on enlightenment, peace exists because of the concentration of energy towards progress.
The threat to communal peace always emanates from within. We form our own attitudes toward the world. Whenever we discount any person, land, animal, or thing, we risk our ability to connect with that entity in a manner that links us with all created reality. By placing a distance between “them” and “us”, we isolate ourselves from the natural realm of being in concert with the universe. This isolation always leads to our withdrawal from the realm of real peace. We become defensive and non-trusting of everything around us. The result of this position is anxiety. The anxiety within our personal lives, if not dealt with in a healthy manner, will fester and cause us to react in a negative fashion. It becomes important for us to handle the normal anxieties of our lives in order to preserve our equilibrium. Whenever we allow the twists and turns of life to keep us off balance, we become easy prey for the “false prophets” of the world. We are vulnerable to ideas and suggestions that “promise” to release us from our misery. There is a small distance between the half-full and the half-empty glass. It is important for us to keep vigilant. While we cannot control everything that happens, we can at least control ourselves.
We are living in a world that is fraught with conflict, and this conflict occurs in varying degrees of the communal sphere. News sources bring to our attention the subject of global (communal) peace or the lack thereof. However, for most of the global population, this disruption does not influence their daily lives. Now is the time to be well informed on the lessons we can learn from communities who face daily threats and rise each day with a sense of hope and celebration. When we are not conscious of the noise of fear, our subconscious is unable to process our global conflict.
We are no longer isolated from the instability of the world. Equally we are no longer isolated from the inspirational stories that span our globe. We can never rest in a complacent fashion, for the present dimension of the conflicts in so many areas of the world shout out a warning that no one is safe from this danger. Democracies and peace are not absolutes. They are conditions that can change. Situations, which are predisposed to events and conditions that can change rapidly, can alter the status quo. Let no one ever take lightly that this is possible. Therefore, we need to understand the nature of conflict and the conditions that can take a peaceful situation and alter the communal peace of our personal universe. Concurrently we need to educate ourselves on successful communal peace examples from every corner of our world. The origin of every genocide event begins with small acts of hatred and injustice! The origin of every peaceful event begins with small acts of love and justice!